About Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre was founded in 2006 by Venerable Pannyavaro (Pannya) an Australian monk of over 30 years service.

Pannyavaro spent many years studying and practicing in Burma and Sri Lanka and received higher ordination in the Thai tradition. He is better known as the founder and webmaster of the websites: BuddhaNet.net www.buddhanet.net, World Buddhist Directory: www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ Buddhist eLibrary: www.buddhistelibrary.org

At Bodhi Tree we are working on developing a meditation community to serve both lay and monastic practitioners on ninety-five acres of beautiful land at Tullera ten minutes from Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. This land has been purchased as a sanctuary and hermitage – known as Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre.

View of Bodhi Tree

Retreat Schedule

Until further notice, due to COVID-19, all 10-day Vipassana Retreats are on hold. Instead, there will be a series of weekend non-resident one-day Mindfulness Meditation Workshops in August, September and October 2021

 You can book now for the August Mindfulness Meditation Workshop. There will be more Workshops in the last weekend of September and October. All Workshops are non-residential with a light vegetarian lunch. There is no charge but a contribution to cover the monastery’s costs would be appreciated.

To make a booking fill out the booking form below  

This Workshop is subjected to COVID-19 Guidelines

1. Total attendance for each workshop is limited to 15 meditators in order to comply with the rules of the 4-sqm distance for indoor gatherings.
2. Attendees are required to pre-register online. Places will be allocated on a first-in first-served basis. Selected participants will be notified via e-mail.
The link to register is: https://bodhitreemonastery.org/retreat-schedule/
3. Participants are to mark attendance in the register provided before entering the hall.
4. Participants are to maintain 1.5m personal distancing while in the hall.
5. In keeping with guidelines for serving food under COVID-19, participants will be offered a vegetarian lunch. Hot water for tea is provided.
6. The participants are urged to sanitise their hands regularly and to wear masks. (Masks and Hand Sanitisers are supplied)
7. The monastery urges you to refrain from attending the workshop in person if you have any sickness or COVID-19 symptoms on the day even if you are registered. (see Booking Form below)

Mindfulness Meditation Mentoring with Ven Pannyavaro at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery

Meditation InterviewAvailable to meditators who have or are willing to make a commitment to the practice of Satipatthana Vipassana in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition. Mindfulness meditation mentoring is being offered by Ven. Pannyavaro (Pannya) Founder and resident teacher at Bodhi Tree Monastery

Selective students will be taken on with personal instruction and mentoring on a one-to-one basis. To qualify for this unique experience one must be prepared to follow instructions and be unreservedly committed to the practice over the long term.

The decision as to who will be accepted will be made by the teacher who has been a Vipassana practitioner since 1974, having studied and undertaken long periods of intensive practise with teachers in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition in Myanmar.

Potential students who are interested can contact Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre, located at Tullera, 7 minutes from Lismore, and make an appointment either by phone (02) 6628 2426 or email


Book and CD on Vipassana Retreat
The book “The Vipassana Retreat” with an audio CD, by Ven. Pannyavaro
is available by donation from www.buddhanet.net/publishing.html


For all retreats and workshops:

Please read the Course Information and download the Booking Form below and either email or post it to: Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery 78 Bentley Road, Tullera via Lismore NSW 2480.

PDF: Word Doc: Retreatant Booking Form

Word Doc: Retreatant Booking Form

PDF Retreatant_Course_Information

Word Doc: Retreatant Course _Information Map with Directions to Bodhi Tree PDF (399 KB)

No charge is made for Bodhi Tree Retreats and Workshops. The cost is covered by donations or Dana.


We ask you, as a member of the larger national and international Buddhist community for your financial help
toward finishing the development of Bodhi Tree Monastery.


Volunteer Positions Vacant

The following volunteer position is vacant as of January, 2020 . When applying please be sure that you can make a commitment! Ground Maintenance Bush regeneration work Tree planting Mowing Brush cutting Please note that this is not a paid position. Lodging, utilities and Internet access are provided free of charge. Outside of working hours, you will have access to our library facilities and guidance about Dharma and meditation. Please contact us with enquiries or expressions of interest.

Rainforest Restoration

When we acquired the land it was very rundown and degraded, which required a massive effort to remove invasive weeds and trees in preparing the land for planting. As there was very little regeneration of the native rainforest we have had to resort mainly to revegetation. This short video is a sample of revegetation at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery with new plantings and views of endemic subtropical rainforest we have established since 2006. Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery Koala Habitat Restoration Since 2012, Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery has restored approximately 6 hectares as a viable Koala habitat. Of the 1500 koala food trees planted, the “Friends